A fracture is a break in the bone. Fractures can be divided into two categories: traumatic fractures and stress fractures. Traumatic fractures (also called acute fractures) are caused by a direct blow or impact—like seriously stubbing your toe. Traumatic fractures can be displaced or nondisplaced. If the fracture is displaced, the bone is broken in such a way that it has changed in position (dislocated). Treatment of a traumatic fracture depends on the location and extent of the break and whether it is displaced. Surgery is sometimes required. Signs and symptoms of a traumatic fracture include:
· You may hear a sound at the time of the break;
· “Pinpoint pain” (pain at the place of impact) at the time the fracture occurs and perhaps for a few hours later, but often the pain goes away after several hours;
· Deviation (misshapen or abnormal appearance) of the toe;
· Bruising and swelling the next day.
· It is not true that “if you can walk on it, it’s not broken.” Evaluation by the podiatric surgeon is always recommended.
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